Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Medicine, and Moral Anthropology / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$28.75
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $31.78
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $31.78   
  • New (5) from $31.78   
  • Used (2) from $77.98   

Overview

What, exactly, does it mean to be human? It is an age-old question, one for which theology, philosophy, science, and medicine have all provided different answers. But though a unified response to the question can no longer be taken for granted, how we answer it frames the wide range of different norms, principles, values, and intuitions that characterize today's bioethical discussions. If we don't know what it means to be human, how can we judge whether biomedical sciences threaten or enhance our humanity?

This fundamental question, however, receives little attention in the study of bioethics. In a field consumed with the promises and perils of new medical discoveries, emerging technologies, and unprecedented social change, current conversations about bioethics focus primarily on questions of harm and benefit, patient autonomy, and equality of health care distribution. Prevailing models of medical ethics emphasize human capacity for self-control and self-determination, rarely considering such inescapable dimensions of the human condition as disability, loss, and suffering, community and dignity, all of which make it difficult for us to be truly independent.

In Health and Human Flourishing, contributors from a wide range of disciplines mine the intersection of the secular and the religious, the medical and the moral, to unearth the ethical and clinical implications of these facets of human existence. Their aim is a richer bioethics, one that takes into account the roles of vulnerability, dignity, integrity, and relationality in human affliction as well as human thriving. Including an examination of how a theological anthropology -- a theological understanding of what it means to be a human being -- can help us better understand health care, social policy, and science, this thought-provoking anthology will inspire much-needed conversation among philosophers, theologians, and health care professionals.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jessica R Attwood, BA, MA (Children's Hospital of Minnesota)
Description: This is a deeply introspective look at how religion, culture, and history influence everyday bioethics, examining how these topics are frequently omitted from discussions and advances in bioethics.
Purpose: The purpose is to "promote serious ethical reflections and discourse in pursuit of a just society and health care that affirms the dignity and social nature of all persons." The book meets this worthy objective.
Audience: The author does not specify an audience, but it would be interesting for a variety of readers, including students, medical professionals, and people of faith. This book is a compilation of contributions from a number of authors, each of whom seems to be a credible authority.
Features: The book covers subjects such as anthropology, theology, human dignity, and advanced medicine, examining how each of these can better our understanding of science, sociology, and healthcare. What is best about this book is the range of topics covered. There is no sense of redundancy, as the book is a compilation of essays, each of which is unique in both writing style and content.
Assessment: This is a fair and thorough assessment of multiple ways of approaching issues in medicine and healthcare. Although the book is dense (which makes it a slow read), it is also pertinent and necessary to modern day medical ethics. Until reading this book, I had yet to come across something that examines the implications of moral anthropology on modern day bioethics. For this reason, this book is an invaluable addition to the fields of bioethics, religion, anthropology, and medicine.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589010796
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,266,003
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol R. Taylor is director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and an assistant professor of nursing at Georgetown University.

Roberto Dell'Oro is assistant professor in The Bioethics Institute and the graduate director of the Master of Arts Program in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Theological anthropology and bioethics 13
2 Vulnerability, agency, and human flourishing 33
3 Pluralism, truthfulness, and the patience of being 53
4 Dignity and the human as a natural kind 71
5 On being true to form 89
6 The integrity conundrum 103
7 Vulnerability and the meaning of illness : reflections on lived experience 119
8 A meditation on vulnerability and power 141
9 Vulnerability within the body of Christ : anointing of the sick and theological anthropology 159
10 Gender and human relationality 185
11 Bioethics, relationships, and participation in the common good 207
12 Health care and a theological anthropology 225
13 Health policy and a theological anthropology 231
14 Science and a theological anthropology 241
Toward a richer bioethics : a conclusion 247
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)